10 planned sequels that need to be made

  • 10 planned sequels that need to made

Hollywood is pumping out sequels and reboots at a dime a dozen, whether they're wanted or not.

So far this year we've had, to name a couple, London Has Fallen, Zoolander 2, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Independence Day: Resurgence and Now You See Me 2.

But what about the sequels that we really want? These 10 films have been promising sequels since they were released, but frustratingly for fans, have given us nothing...


The 2009 zombie horror comedy following a group of survivors after a zombie apocalypse brought along the zombie terror and humour originally forged by Shaun of the Dead.

With aspects like the hilarious 'Zombie Kill of the Week' and Columbus' ever-growing list of rules to survive a zombie apocalypse, this had the potential to be a great zombie film series, similar to the Night of the Living Dead films.

There has been talk of a sequel since the first film came out, Woody Harrelson said that it would be the only sequel he'd do, while the rest of the main cast were keen to get involved in a follow-up.

A TV adaptation was ordered by Amazon for their Amazon Prime Video service, but the pilot was not picked up, which means the Zombieland that everyone knows and loves is still intact.

Chances of the sequel?

Something might be stirring, and it's more than just dead bodies

District 9

Neill Blomkamp's alien mockumentary set in the slums of Johannesburg was a runaway success when it was released in 2009, and when it was finished, left viewers wanting more.

When bumbling bureaucrat Wikus finds himself slowly turning into a Prawn, a District 9 alien Christopher Johnson says that he can come back to Earth with a cure in three years.

With so much potential material to delve into or build a bigger District 9 universe, Neill Blomkamp could do with a District 10, or a prequel.

Blomkamp has been talking about a sequel since before District 9 was even released and a few times since, but star Sharlto Copley said that, with how their commitments are going, a follow-up would be very far away on the horizon.

Chances of the sequel?

If Neill Blomkamp gets sick of making terrible fims, he might come back to his first love

SEE ALSO | 12 planned movie franchises that were canned after the first film


Guy Ritchie got back on the crime caper movie (after the terrible Madonna rom-com Swept Away and overblown philosophical crime thriller Revolver) with RocknRolla, and despite it not being as good as Lock Stock and Snatch, it was still a punchy, fun-filled tale.

With an extraordinarily strong cast including Mark Strong, Gerard Butler, Idris Elba, Gerard Butler, Toby Kebbell and Thandie Newton, a title card at the end stated: "Johnny, Archy and the Wild Bunch will be back in The Real RocknRolla"

According to Thandie Newton, Ritchie had planned to develop a RocknRolla trilogy and that a script for the follow-up has been written and was awaiting the nod from the studio.

Back in 2011, Ritchie explained in an interview that while the studio keeps throwing him "big movies like the Sherlock Holmes films and The Man from U.N.C.L.E., then it may not be happening soon."

With Ritchie set to release King Arthur: Legend of the Sword in 2017, it might be a while before chance for The Real RocknRolla rolls around again.

Chances of the sequel?

There'll always be a chance, but we might have to wait until Guy Ritchie's career hits the skids


M. Night Shyamalan's second film after the success of The Sixth Sense was an unconventional take on the superhero tale starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson.

Willis plays the super powered David Dunn who is uncovered by Elijah Price, played by Jackson, a 'supervillain' who masterminded terrorist acts to find the indestructible Dunn.

Upon its release, the film divided fans and critics, but has gone on to be very highly regarded amongst fans and superhero fans since then.

The film's poor box office performance deterred the studio from giving Shyamalan's sequel idea the green light.

Shyamalan, Willis and Jackson have all publicly discussed a sequel and making an Unbreakable trilogy, with plenty of the story still to explore.

In 2010, Shyamalan revealed that he had recycled the story for the Unbreakable sequel into a third instalment of the Devil series that no-one has heard of, that film didn't get made either, so Shyamalan might use it again somewhere else.

Chances of the sequel?

The chances are as strong as Elijah Price's bones - not very


Channelling The Blair Witch Project with its 'found footage' style and viral marketing campaign, Cloverfield was a breakout success and grossed over $170 million.

Disclaimer: We know that 10 Cloverfield Lane was released in 2016, but producer J.J. Abrams has dubbed it "a blood relative" rather than a cold, hard sequel, and a cold hard sequel is what we want to see.

While trying to escape Manhattan, in the crowd we see another person filming the destruction - what exciting video footage has he captured?

With the possibility of showing what happens after the air raid attempts to bomb the creature to kingdom come, it would fill the gap between the creature's initial attack and the post-apocalyptic world that Michelle discovers when she leaves the bunker at the end of 10 Cloverfield Lane.

Rumours of a sequel have bounded around since the film's premiere, and at various points in the past eight years, the film was everything from a no-go to ready to shoot.

In 2016, J.J. Abrams said that releases of Godzilla and Pacific Rim have led the Cloverfield team to believe the Kaiju monster idea is played out, and they want to come up with a "really cool" idea to connect the Cloverfield movies.

Chances of the sequel?

Something might be out there, but it may not be what we want

SEE ALSO | 6 sequels of 2015 films that we're already looking forward to


The found-footage thriller tells the story of three high school boys who discover a glowing crystalline rock which gives them telekinetic and flying abilities.

The film was a hit at the box office, surpassing all expectations and giving director Josh Trank the opportunity to direct 2015's Fantastic Four reboot (which was an absolute disaster).

Fox hired the film's writer Max Landis to write a sequel and it was reported that in 2012 that a sequel was in development; however it came out that Fox weren't happy with what Landis had written.

Landis revealed that in July 2013 that Fox had dispensed with him and Trank for the sequel and have assigned new writers with the film.

Since 2014 there has been no developments revealed about a potential Chronicle sequel.

Chances of the sequel?

If it is made, it won't be anything like the original, and might be terrible.

Attack the Block

The British alien invasion sci-fi horror comedy written and directed by Joe Cornish (of Adam & Joe fame) became a minor hit when it was released in 2011, but with favourable reviews and fan reaction, has become a fan favourite in the past few years.

When aliens commence their invasion on a South London council estate, they come up against resistance in the form of a teenage street gang led by Moses - the award-nominated debut from future Star Wars actor John Boyega.

Cornish explained in an interview back in 2011 that he and John Boyega have been in regular contact, with Star Wars' Finn coming up with wild and brilliant ideas for a potential sequel.

Cornish told IFC: “He has this image of a bigger alien attack on London, as if the attack we saw in Attack the Block was just the [first] wave and there’s another wave of bigger creatures.

"And he described to me this image of Moses leading a whole army of hood kids across the Thames, next to the houses of Parliament... He had an image of Moses on a police horse."

Cornish also revealed that he'd been approached about a sequel, a US remake and a TV show spin-off, but has turned each of them down as it's "very early days, and I’d certainly like to do something different for my next thing if I get a chance to do a next thing."

But don't rule out a return of Moses, hopefully riding a police horse into a battle against glowing-toothed extra-terrestrials.

Chances of the sequel?

Cornish and Boyega are doing something, and we really hope it's this


The second attempt to adapt the 2000 AD comic Judge Dredd was a lot better than the 1995 Stallone effort which got Sly a Razzie Award nominee for Worst Actor.

Much more faithful to the source material than the Stallone version, director Pete Travis's portrayal - with Karl Urban playing the ultra-violent law distributor - was praised for its violence and gritty visuals, yet somewhat humorous nature. 

Unfortunately for the reboot, the terrible reputation from the 1995 version torpedoed any potential success for the new version.

Barely scraping back its budget, Dredd went on to bag over $10m in home media sales, becoming a cult classic and prompting fans to demand a sequel.

Despite an online fan petition with over 80,000 signatures, there was no sign of any sequel until Karl Urban revealed that a story was in development, only to retract these comments, stating that while ideas had been discussed, there were no plans for a sequel or TV spin-off.

Chances of the sequel?

Despite them teasing us and stringing us along, it's not going to happen

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